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How Workplace Discrimination Impacts Employees

According to the Enforcement and Litigation Data report for fiscal 2016, released by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on January 18, 2017, the EEOC received 91,503 charges of workplace discrimination in 2016. Out of all the workplace discrimination charges

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Blasts U.S. Department of Housing and Urban...

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement Friday regarding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) decision to postpone the implementation of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule until October 2020.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Says Congressional Budget Process Ironically Allows D.C. Homeowners to Avoid New Property Tax...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said that in one of the great ironies of the onerous District of Columbia budget process, D.C. residents can prepay their 2018 property taxes by December 31, 2017, to avoid the $10,000 state and local tax deduction cap that takes effect next year.
Speaker Paul Ryan

The Biggest Tax Reform In A Generation Is Now Law

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: “The biggest tax reform in a generation is now the law of the land. As promised, the American people will begin the new year with a new tax code.
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Realtors® Say Tough Work Still Ahead as Tax Reform Bill Heads to President’s Desk

The U.S. House and Senate today passed the conference agreement of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” marking a near end-of-the-road for Congress’s tax reform efforts this year. The president is expected to sign the bill later this week.
NLIHC

Statement by National Low Income Housing Coalition President and CEO Diane Yentel — Response...

While the preservation of Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Private Activity Bonds avoids an immediate devastating impact on affordable housing, this bill will exacerbate our country’s already yawning income inequality and will harm efforts to end homelessness and housing poverty. An estimated 64% of the bill’s benefits go to the top 1% of earners, at a cost to the country of over $1 trillion.
AGC

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYERS ADD 24,000 JOBS IN NOVEMBER AND 184,000 OVER THE YEAR; HOURLY EARNINGS...

Industry Employment Reaches 10-Year High and Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.0 Percent; Association Officials Say Tax Rate Cuts Will Enable Firms to Increase Pay and Attract More Workers to Construction. Construction employment increased by 24,000 jobs in November to the highest level since November 2008

Infographic: Homeowners Say Changing Homeownership’s Tax Incentives Restricts Mobility, Causes Financial Strain

An overwhelming majority of homeowners would take advantage of the mortgage interest deduction and state and local property tax deductions if they were to purchase a new home, and a notable share said that the proposed changes to these tax incentives would affect their budget and desire to move in the future
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Realtors®: Senate-Passed Tax Legislation Bad News for Homeowners

The U.S. Senate today passed tax reform legislation that the National Association of Realtors® believes puts home values at risk and dramatically undercuts the incentive to own a home.
AGC

SENATE TAX REFORM MEASURE HAS IMPROVED SUBSTANTIALLY BUT LACK OF INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS, TEMPORARY NATURE...

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement today in connection with the proposed Senate tax reform measure
MBA

MBA Applauds Senate for Inclusion of Rounds Amendment in Tax Bill

David H. Stevens, CMB, President and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association, offered the following statement praising efforts by Senate Leadership, Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Senator David Perdue (R-GA), to address language in Section 13221 of the Senate Tax Reform Bill relating to mortgage servicing rights (MSRs)

Finance Committee Announces Improvements to Senate Tax Bill

After robust discussions across the Senate Republican Conference, and because a revenue “trigger” does not comply with reconciliation rules, the Senate Finance Committee made further modifications to the underlying legislation to further reflect member priorities. The amendment was filed this evening.

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Files Amicus Brief Showing How Discriminatory Mortgage...

This week, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the National Fair Housing Alliance, the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, and a group of housing scholars filed an amicus curiae, “friend of the court,” brief inCity of Oakland v. Wells Fargo & Co. a case pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California involving the harm inflicted on cities by the targeting of predatory high-cost loans at communities of color.

Tax bill provisions would harm affordable housing and economic revitalization efforts

Elements of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” released yesterday by the House Ways and Means Committee would greatly harm affordable housing, economic revitalization and community development efforts nationwide. The National Housing Conference’s diverse membership of housing stakeholders opposes the elimination of proven tools like private activity mortgage revenue bonds and the New Markets Tax Credit, and supports improvement and expansion of the long-successful Low Income Housing Tax Credit
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As Senate Republicans Unveil Tax Reform Bill, Realtors® Highlight Importance of Homeownership

Senate Republicans today unveiled their vision for tax reform with a legislative package that includes the elimination of state-and-local tax deductions and a near doubling of the standard deduction, among other provisions.
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Law Center on Homelessness Releases Education Manual to Help Students and Families After Hurricane...

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (the Law Center) released its Homeless Education Advocacy Manual: Disaster Edition, a resource that guides homeless students and their families displaced by a disaster on their rights to educational continuity and stability during disaster recovery.<
Financial Services Committee

Subcommittee Meets to Further Review Sustainable Housing Finance

The Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance held a hearing today entitled “Sustainable Housing Finance Part III.” The hearing allowed the Subcommittee to further assess views and perspectives on the need to enact comprehensive housing finance reform
NMHC

Apartment Industry Statement on Tax Reform Legislation Released by the House Ways and Means...

Statement from the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and National Apartment Association (NAA) following the release of tax reform legislation by the House Ways and Means Committee. “NMHC/NAA applaud the House Ways and Means Committee release of tax reform legislation. While we are continuing to review the legislative language, the tax reform package, as currently written, looks to encourage economic growth and job creation while protecting the multifamily industry’s ability to serve the 39 million Americans who call apartments
NAHB

Republican Tax Reform Plan Slams Middle Class

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) called on Congress today to move swiftly to implement comprehensive reforms to the nation’s housing finance system to ensure that housing credit remains readily available and affordable in the future.
NAR

House Tax Bill Delivers Tax Hike on Homeowners

Tax reform discussions took a major step forward this afternoon as leaders on the House Ways and Means Committee released its legislative proposal for an overhaul of the American tax code. The National Association of Realtors® believes the bill represents a tax increase on middle-class homeowners.

Business Real Estate Press Releases

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Distinctive Single-Family Homes in Costa Mesa Win Design Award

International award-winning KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that KTGY’s excellence in residential design and planning has been recognized by the Building Industry Association’s (BIA) Greater Sales and Marketing Council’s 2018 SoCal Awards program. Vitae in Costa Mesa received the SoCal Award for “Best Design Detached Home Under 2,000 SF.” This year’s competition drew more than 500 entries.

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases

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Number of Real Estate Teams is Growing, NAR Survey Finds

Teams are becoming more common in the real estate industry as an increasing number of Realtors®, members of the National Association of Realtors®, consider themselves a member of a real estate team, according to a new survey by NAR.